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Election rights body Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has said that nearly 40 per cent of the 35 newly elected Legislative Councilors (MLCs) of Uttar Pradesh have declared criminal cases against them. These charges include murder and attempt to murder. Uttar Pradesh Election Watch and ADR have analyzed the affidavits of 35 out of 36 new MLCs.

The ADR said the affidavit of Jansatta Dal (Loktantrak) MLC Akshay Pratap Singh was not analyzed while preparing the report as the election office website did not have properly scanned documents.

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As per the report, nine (26 per cent) MLCs have declared serious criminal cases which include cases related to murder and attempt to murder, etc. All of them are members of Bharatiya Janata Party. Three members of the Legislative Council have declared cases related to murder, while four members have declared cases of attempt to murder.

The report said that out of 33 BJP MLCs, 13 (39 per cent) and one independent MLC have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits. Of the 35 newly elected MLCs, 33 (94 per cent) are crorepatis. BJP’s 31 (94 per cent) MLCs and two independent MLCs have declared assets of more than Rs 1 crore. The average assets of new members is Rs 17.39 crore.

The BJP won 24 out of 27 constituencies in the biennial elections to the State Legislative Council. Polling for those seats was held on April 9. The party had earlier won nine seats unopposed.

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